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Poster: Tito&Smokey Date: Nov 20, 2007 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

He did stop taking Heroin.He died in rehab from withdrawals.He should have just kept taking the smack.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 20, 2007 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

Actually, he died from heart failure that was blamed not only on his heroin use, but also his long time cigarette addiction, sleep apnea and weight problems.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 20, 2007 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

Yea, I was under the impression that the sleep apnea was the real culprit - although I'm sure the years of use, lack of exercise, etc. didn't help. I do recall Jerry talking about how Billy had turned him on to diving and he was doing a lot of that after the coma in '86. Too bad he couldn't take some time off for himself as opposed to feeding the monster that became the world's most successful touring act for a period of time....

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Nov 20, 2007 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

it's a shame jer got into that shit. whatever was wrong with just coke, pot, psychedelics? it helped him cope with the pressures of being jerry garcia, but at the same time, destroyed jerry garcia. we can't really understand it because we were not him, and we can't know what he was going through. we can think we can, but we can't. who wouldn't enjoy having enormous talent, charisma, fame, money, etc. why would anyone throw that away? i don't know, he did so much living in 53 years, more than any of us can in 80 or 90 years, i'd say he left us with lots to be grateful for.

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Poster: glenn Date: Nov 20, 2007 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

"whatever was wrong with just coke, pot, psychedelics"

For that matter, what was wrong with sobriety? Or shooting up blood from a schizophrenic?

Jerry was a smart guy, he made his choices, he gave a lot to the world, and employed hordes of people.

You have choices too. You can choose Starbucks' sweatshop coffee; hormone-and-chemical infused beef; fried chicken-skin nuggets; poisoning the environment with a 1-hour commute or a 6,000-mile avocado; or whatever.

Everyone makes choices, what will people say about YOUR choices after you are gone?

Why didn't America just stop letting corporations manipulate their government?

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Poster: Tito&Smokey Date: Nov 20, 2007 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

Or you can choose to be a fake vegetarian that tries to protect poor little animals from slaughter.Only problem with that is more vegetarians means more grain,which means more grain combine machines,which means thousands of field mice and bunny rabbits and snakes get horribly mangled in those machines and die a horrendous death.Meat is Murder?No,Wheat is Murder!!!!!!!!!!!

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Poster: glenn Date: Nov 20, 2007 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'why didn't Jerry stop taking heroin?'

You missed my point. (I'm not vegetarian, fake or otherwise.)

My point may have been expressed too subtly.

Explicitly stated: every choice has a consequence, and everyone makes their own choices. You can choose to attack someone else's choices, or you can choose to learn from their choices, or even ignore them. It's all up to you.

I choose to appreciate the decades of music Jerry chose to leave behind.